Ronda Rousey Helps MMA’s Bid For New York
By Lorenzo Luciano:
On April 18th, 2012 in Albany, New York, the state of New York senate voted 43 to 14 to pass a bill that would legalize the sport of mixed martial arts in that state.
Marc Ratner, the UFC’s VP for governmental and regulatory affairs said, that it was made easier by Ronda Rousey’s testimony in front of the commission and had this to say about her participation, as told to Yahoo Sports;
“She got up there and she really made a great presentation and I think she had a significant impact,” Ratner said. We can talk all we want to them about the positives of MMA, but to hear it from someone like her, a fighter, someone who is very articulate who made her points very passionately, it definitely made a huge impact.”
Ronda Rousey fights in StrikeForce and defeated Miesha Tate via an armbar submission to win the title. Ronda is a 2008 Olympic Games bronze medalist in judo. She spoke about what MMA has meant and done for her.
“MMA has a bad rap among some people. It’s marketed sometimes in a way that is not what the sport is. You hear the marketing, ‘Two men enter. One man leaves,’ but that’s ridiculous. It’s not what this sport is. They just do it to sound dramatic. It’s like a movie preview. The whole movie isn’t just running around and screaming and explosions, but they make it seem like that so people go to the movie. There’s a lot of quiet time and dialogue and there is a plot. What they’re doing is like they’re comparing a commercial for ‘The Bourne Identity’ to actually sitting there and watching it for two hours.”
She iterated the fact that the sport was already happening in the state in an amateur context and that it would be safer and a better option for the fighters if the sport were legalized.
“In New York, you could fight and have people do MMA, but they have to do it without the proper medical checks. They have to do it without getting paid. They have to do it without any kind of regulation or oversight is unsafe the way it is now, because they’re missing all the things we have in pro MMA.
“We’re not asking them to bring in a bunch of people and tell them to kill each other. That’s not what’s going on. That’s how it was being presented. I wanted to point out that amateur MMA is here already, but we want to get it regulated so it’s safe and there is regulation and it is safe and everyone gets paid for what they do. I want to be able to work in any state in my own country. Can you imagine, we’re in 2012 and I still legally can’t do my job anywhere I want in my country?”
We still have to wait to see if it will actually pass the state assembly and then signed by the Governor to become law, but it sounds like the UFC is very appreciative of Ronda Rousey’s efforts.